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John Howard Messing

Immigration Attorney at Tucson, AZ

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 45 years
    California - CA 55 years
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1977
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 55 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1968
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Family based immigration, job candidate and businesses visas, investor visas, permanent residency and citizenship benefits. French, Spanish spoken.

    45 years, 1,000 cases

I have considerable professional experience as a lawyer and expertise in immigration law. I am often interviewed by Channel 9, KGUN TV as an immigration expert, and a handful of these appear  under the publications section of this profile.


I participate in professional organizations. I represent the Amercan Bar Association (ABA) as its liasion to USCIS for the development of the next generation e-filing system for immigration benefits. I represent the American Immigration Lawyers Association Arizona Chapter as its liaison to USCIS to combat the unauthorized practice of law by untrained notarios who often destroy the lives of immigrants through incompetence and lack of training.


I have served on the governing body of the ABA Section of Science and Technology Law, was one of the founders and later Chairman of LegalXML, a technology body for law within the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), which is an international, not-for-profit consortium for technology standards. A more detailed listing of my professional activities and speaking engagements can be found at this Internet page: .


I believe that Internet solutions can help improve the quality and lower the cost of delivery of legal services to the public. I have developed an Affidavit of Support Calculator(tm) to help applicants for permanent residency to quickly determine if their petitioner's income can qualify, which is available for free on my law firm's website:


I developed an Internet program to help analyze quickly the chances for obtaining deferred action by young immigrant children who were brought by their parents unlawfully to the United States, and made the beta version available for free to community organizations and legal aid services helping to complete paperwork to obtain DACA benefits.


I am married and have four grown children who are actively engaged in their own careers.


I get real satisfaction in having clients obtain their immigrant benefits.

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John Howard Messing
5151 E Broadway Blvd Ste 1600
Tucson, AZ, 85711


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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer with great responsibility
My case went through a long period of time, almost 10 month, due to USCIS made series mistakes. However he was dedicated to my case, always there for answering my question, trying all possible ways to get problem solve eventually I got the residency. All my concerns were answered within a day, even on sunday. Responsible, accurate, loyalty, honest, he is the best lawyer you can find in Tucson.
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Posted by Jose | July 9, 2015
Certificate of Citizenship.
I am very pleased and highly recommend John Messing. My case was handled in a prompt professional manner, the out come of my case was a success .
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2015
Best lawyer ever !
My case seemed like it would be very fast and easy, but we had some personal challenges coming up throughout the process. Mr. Messing helped us go through the whole case professionally. He is very patient, careful, and knowledgeable. Mr. Messing is really a great lawyer and we recommend him to anyone who needs immigration advice!
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Posted by Liz | June 11, 2015
expedited US Citizenship application
I thoroughly recommend John Messing if you are considering applying for US citizenship. John helped me through the complicated application and also was able to successfully have my application expedited since I was going to be leaving the country for a new job. He made the process straightforward and relatively painless.
Posted by Nelson | June 1, 2015
excellent job with my wife waiver
Mr.John Messing Was Very good and has a lot knowledge of uscis waivers. He was very professional and kept us informed with my wife case all the time. He did an excellent job I will highly recommend Mr. John missing to anybody who needs legal emigration assistance . Thank you very much.
Posted by Joshua | January 9, 2015
Superb Attorney
Mr Messing is a great Attorney, he handled my case with great regard, attention and exuberance. I would highly recommend him on any immigration case. Thank again John
Posted by Marta | August 6, 2014
John is a great lawyer. Very knowledgeable, helpful and kind. He was quick to respond to any inquiries and did a great job handling our situation. I am so happy with everything he did for us.
Posted by Ken | June 20, 2014
Recommendation for attorney John Messing
Mr. Messing listened and patiently answered all the questions my wife and I had about the immigration process. He did an excellent job helping us complete and submit the immigration documents and prepare us for the immigration interview.
Posted by XJ | January 16, 2014
Best Tucson Immigration Lawyer
We engaged the services of Atty Messing in order for my wife to become a lawful permanent resident after overstaying in the US. John was very knowledgeable, kept us up to date and informed and helpful with our case. It was a smooth, worry free process. He made sure we covered everything in preparation for our interview. We are now enjoying the benefits of eligibility status, etc.
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Posted by Harry | November 11, 2013
Top choice for Tucson residents!
My same-sex spouse sponsored me for a green card as soon DOMA became unconstitutional. John, was very prompt to return my call himself in order to get some info about the case and let me know whether he could help us and whether we should go ahead with a consultation. After some thinking, we went with the consultation. John charges a fair fee for the consultation and if you hire him for the case, then he applies the consultation payment towards to your total balance. John was very understanding, knowledgeable of the immigration law, and he knows and understands how the local USCIS office operates, which is very important for tricky cases. John was very responsive with emails; most of the time he would reply within the hour and many times within minutes. Once we filled our application I asked John about a possible timeline of events. I was pleasantly surprised how everything went like John set it will go. John accompanied as for the interview;walking through the Tucson USCIS building everyone was saying hello to John. At the interview everything went well; at the end there was a legal issue (our case was the first one for the Tucson's office) that was raised for same-sex marriages, and John got it resolved within hours! I got my green card in the mail about 10 days after the interview! Dealing with immigration matters it was always a stressful matter for me, as soon as I hired John I stopped worrying. You should do the same!
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Posted by Ken | September 18, 2011
I strongly recommend John Messing
John is dedicated to your cause and most importantly, makes you feel like your's is the only case he's handling. He was very responsive to numerous questions, he always kept in contact to let us know what was happening. I couldn't be more happy to have had John as our immigration attorney.
Posted by Lauren | July 4, 2011
Recommendation of Attorney John Messing
Attorney John is very responsible for the client's case and is very responsive to all client's questions & concerns. I enjoyed working with John in getting my H-1B work visa approved this year. He's very knowledgeable and experienced regarding all immigration related issues and did a good job for helping me clear out the complications throughout the application process. I think the best thing of hiring an attorney is that you can be confident in relying on his professional judgment and expertise regarding those confusing law issues which you have no clue about how to approach them. Whenever I had questions or was confused about certain steps, I would always email John and get prompt responses with definite answers.
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Posted by david | October 23, 2010
Awesome Job
About 5 months ago I married a beautiful women from Brazil. John Messing helped us through the process without any problems. He was very aware of current immigration laws and offered suggestions to expedite the process. John was very professional in all aspects of the process.
Posted by Mike | September 4, 2010
John Howard Massing
Mr John Howard Messing ' Excelent Lawyer and Trusworty for Me,M/S
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Messing Law Offices, P.L.C.
  • 1978 - Present
  • Associate
  • Fenwick Stone Davis & West
  • 1974 - 1976
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Haile Sellasie I University, Ethiopia
  • 1969 - 1971
  • International associate and negotiator
  • Communications Satellite Corporation
  • 1968 - 1969
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  • Stanford Univ Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1967
  • Princeton Univ
  • Undergraduate
  • 1964

Legal Cases

  • In re R
  • Deportation charges dismissed; client subsequently naturalized and became a citizen.
  • Matter of C
  • Appeal terminated in favor of client and client subsequently naturalized and obtained citizenship.
  • Matter of L
  • Asylum granted


  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section
  • Liasion to USCIS
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1967 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • Liaison, USCIS for Unauthorized Law Practice
  • 2012 - 2013
  • LegalXML-Oasis
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • LegalXML-Oasis
  • Past Chair
  • 2004 - 2006
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section
  • Executive Council
  • 2001 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law, Electronic Filing Committee
  • Past Chair
  • 2001 - 2005
  • LegalXML
  • Co-Founder
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Arizona
  • Corporate Intl Magazine
  • 2014
  • Server-based encrypted messaging method No. 7,702,107
  • U.S. Patent Office
  • 2010
  • Electronic signature method Patent No 7,039,805
  • U.S. Patent Office
  • 2006
  • Electronic certificate signature program No. 6,745,327
  • U.S. Patent Office
  • 2004
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1992
  • French Government Fellow
  • French Government
  • 1972
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Fulbright Commission
  • 1967
  • Special Award
  • Stanford Law School
  • 1967
  • Law Review
  • Stanford Law School
  • 1966
  • Magna cum laude
  • Princeton University
  • 1964
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  • Coming Changes in Employment Verification Procedures
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association, SciTech Lawyer
  • Two Methods of Electronic Service of Process
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John Messing is a great attorney, not only because of his analytic skills but because of his dedication to his clients. I know this because I have had the opportunity to work with him on various cases. He takes the time to really think through every aspect of a client's case. His policy of giving each client the personal attention they deserve and treating them as he would like to be treated is the foundation upon which he bases a relationship with each client that comes through his door. He has served as a mentor to me but most importantly, he serves as an example of how honor and respect can still be found the legal profession."
Federal crime Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the best appellate lawyers and legal minds I have ever met. He is hard working, meticulous and tenacious. I admire his abilities and humanity. A true professional."
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